President's Note   -   17th September 2019

It is not often that a President is able to induct two new members.  Julie Clark and Phil Dolan were inducted today.  We welcome them both and look forward to many years of fellowship.

Phil's wife Carol was also able to be a part of this special ceremony.  Julie was sponsored by Sue Zidziunas, herself a very new member and Phil by Ian Bentley.  I trust that all members will assist in helping both Julie and Phil to learn about our Club and the many activities that we undertake each year.

Our speaker today Kevin Love from Melbourne Central gave us a most interesting overview of the new Visitor Centre at Phillip Island's Penguin Parade.  The new centre is beautifully designed and assimilates superbly into the environment.  It was good to hear how it had been developed, designed and built and is obviously well worth going to see. I think it would be a great Club event to go and have a look for ourselves.  It was also good to hear that so many people visit the Penguin Parade each year and how the Phillip Island Nature Parks manages to cope with the shear volume of visitors.

Next week is a celebration of the end of the Football Season.  So come along with your scarf, hat or tie and get into a Grand Final mood.  Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess will be speaking about 'The Forgotten Story of the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules Leagues'.

Kind regards,

Charlotte England

President & Membership Director 2019-2020


Visitor Centre at Phillip Island

Kevin Love of Melbourne Central Rotary Club gave an interesting dissertation on the new Visitor Centre at Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade. 

Kevin has been a board member of Phillip Island Nature Parks for the last six years.  He told us about the decision to replace rather than renovate the centre, the business case, the design and how the project met its objectives. He described how the architecture award-winning centre resembles an airport, with visitors going from the car park and past shops and restaurants before reaching the penguin viewing area.

Kevin was happy to describe it as having minimal environmental impact, and being energy neutral. It will eliminate all single-use plastics throughout its food outlets.

Built at a cost of $58.2 million, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade Visitor Centre was funded by the Victorian State Government ($48.2 million) and Phillip Island Nature Parks ($10 million) and was conceived as part of a 2012 master plan to better protect the penguins and their environment.

Among the top 10 Victorian regions for tourism, Phillip Island contributed almost $500 million to the state’s economy last year and in 2016/17 the nature parks brought more than 740,000 visitors to the Penguin Parade and a total of 1.17 million visitors across all its paid attractions.

The new visitor centre is large enough to accommodate peak periods, when visitor numbers can reach up to 3000 people a day and offers a cafe and restaurant from where the penguins can be observed.

The Penguin Parade sits inside the Phillip Island Important Bird Area, which supports up to 32,000 Little Penguins. The 'parade' refers specifically to the penguins’ daily commute from the sea, up the beach to their burrows. More than 4,000 penguins are thought to burrow on Summerland Bay Beach.

Australia’s largest colony of Little Penguins will benefit from a key aspect of the development with the restoration of more than six hectares of penguin habitat on the site of the old visitor centre and coach parking areas, creating homes for an additional 1,400 breeding penguins.

Kevin’s informative talk was much appreciated by members. His response to questions revealed the need for woollen jerseys foe penguins: apparently when treated after oil spills, they lose their feathers, and need the jumpers to keep warm!

More about the Visitor Centre at  

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating 

For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

"Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work", says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.


Club Communications 

Are you receiving your weekly Club Bulletin and Invitation to Club lunch by email?

If not, it may be that these emails are being delivered to your Junk or Spam folders. You can either check these folders regularly for mail from Rotary Hawthorn or to fix this on a more permanent basis, you will need to add and to your contact list in your email.

Once this is done, emails and bulletins should be received properly. Please let us know if you are not receiving Club communications.

Also, can all members please RSVP to Kim’s weekly email “Event Invitation for Rotary Hawthorn Club Lunch”.

Why not respond to the invitation to lunch when you first see the email?

You only have to click on the link “register as …..” and then click on yes or decline (no other details are required). Pre-payment is totally optional. It is that easy, you cannot go wrong, trust me!  Much easier than sending an email to Kim.

If your availability changes you can always change your response using the link on the same email, we are looking for your intention to attend the Club lunch or not. We do understand that sometimes circumstances change. At the moment it is very hard for us to estimate numbers to Kooyong with so few members RSVPing. Ideally, we would like all members to RSVP yes/decline. We do like to see a crowd at lunch, as they say the more the merrier.

We do need your support to enable us to run the Club smoothly.

Any questions? Please contact me  (Katrina) on 0417 475 415 or


The Shadow Knows!  7th September 2019

How nice it is, to greet new club members, and to see them becoming involved in Club activities. 

Out first photo shows Julie Clark with her sponsor Suzy Zidziunas. The Shadow has spotted them both helping out at the medical aisle at DIK, and Julie has already involved herself in the organization of “Hat Day”.  Her vocational classification is Administration - Hospital Ward Clerk. She says she loves doing the grotty jobs that no-one else wants to tackle.

The next photo shows President Charlotte with new member Professor Philip Dolan with his wife Carol, and mentor, Ian Bentley. Philip’s Classification is Adjunct Professor- Finance. Philip and Carol have already attended a movie night and The President’s party. Philip confessed to experience in the education system, here and in USA, and so he has been allocated to the youth/education department.

The Shadow is on the lookout for the person who made the sexist remark: "Who knows what evils lurk in the hearts of men?".  His own heart is pure. 

Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

Sep 24, 2019
Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess
The Forgotten Story of ... the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules leagues

Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess is an historian and a former staff member in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.  He has a long-standing interest in the social history of sport and his PhD was the first ever doctoral study of the history of Australian Rules football. 

Oct 1, 2019
Andrew Crockett   -   Behind The Badge
Our own Andrew Crockett will give us some insight about himself, his family and his vocation. 
Oct 08, 2019
Leigh Woodgate  -  7 Steps To Overcoming Anything
A fearless horsewoman who grew up just down the road from the Snowy, who beat the men at their own game. They breed them tough in those mountains, and Leigh Woodgate’s experiences have been epic. 
Oct 15, 2019
Tamara Cannon   -   Lille Fro: An Update
"Lille Fro is non-religious and non-political. We are small and hands on. 
Our aim is to help break the cycle of generational poverty for the lowest income groups living in extreme conditions in some of the remotest parts of the world through education.  Our projects have now touched the lives of thousands. Reaching some of the remotest corners of the globe ".  

Forthcoming Events

Bees Under Threat   -   The Unsung Heroes Ensuring the Worlds Food Supply
In our busy world we often fail to see the wood for the trees and nowhere is that more evident than in in the case of Bees.
Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated insect. Our lives – and the world as a whole would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist.
Did you know bees are responsible for pollinating about one sixth of the flowering plant species world wide, and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant? Without the pollination efforts of bees to sustain our modern food system we could not exist. Sadly the number of bees is declining due to the changing environmental conditions.
Without bees and other pollinators much of the world’s food supply would end, so it’s literally a matter of life or death that these essential tiny links in our global food chain are supported. We believe that Rotary through its global reach is in a unique position to make valuable contribution but it needs your support.
On the 18th September we are delighted to welcome Rotarian John McCaskill to speak on this important and fascinating topic. John represents a group of Rotarians who are very worried about the dangerous decline in bee and other pollinator populations world wide and is taking action to help reverse this trend.
Please RSVP Noel Halford no later than 5.00 p.m. Tuesday 17th September.
$15.00  (students $10.00) for a light supper and complimentary drink.

Rotary Walk to End Polio Saturday 19 October 

Following the success of the event in 2018, it confirmed that Rotarians and Friends will again be walking 5km around Albert Park Lake. 

Last year 42 people (and numerous dogs) took part – this year they are aiming for 100. Registration is $10.00 and you can “Walk Your Way” with the option of purchasing one of the special limited edition D9800 End Polio Tee $30.00. Register at 





World Polio Day – Taking the Public Transport to End Polio Thursday 24 October 

Ride the train or hop a tram to the City where we’ll meet at Fed Square in all our Red Glory at Transport Bar for celebratory food and drinks. That’s right: Transport Bar has opened the Glasshouse for exclusive use by all Rotarians (and friends) who terminate the journey at Fed Square. A free drink on arrival and food platters will help quench the appetites after the journey. Entry online is free for this event. Register at      

All donations over $30 are eligible for a limited edition D9800 End Polio Now Tee. 

In 1988 Rotary made a commitment to eradicate polio from the world, and so this October let’s Walk, Run, Tram or Ride with us until the end – we’re this close! 

Make-ups and Apologies

Kim D'Arcy always seeks to finalize numbers by Monday 8.30am by collating  responses about attendance at the next meeting.   So please try to email back to her by that time; and, at the same time, forewarn of any guests.   (Predicting our numbers as closely as possible helps to minimize our catering costs.)

Invitations to Tuesday Club meetings now look slightly different.  To indicate your attendance or apologies, you will not be required to write an email to Kim.  You will simply need to click on the link attached to your name and follow a couple of simple steps. You can pay for your meal on the site.

Geoff Wright collates the attendance information.  He needs to know of  "make up " events.

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